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Jobcentre Plus

Volume 463: debated on Monday 1 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus districts there are; how many Jobcentre Plus districts reached their job outcome target point total in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will list the districts that did not reach the job outcome target points total in the same period. (148156)

[holding answer 9 July 2007]: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, Lesley Strathie. I have asked her to provide the right hon. Gentleman with the information requested.

Letter from Lesley Strathie, dated 17 September 2007:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question about the number of Jobcentre Plus districts; how many reached their job outcome target points total in the last period for which figures are available; and to list the districts that did not reach the target points in that period. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

There are currently 50 Jobcentre Plus districts. The most recent JOT figures relate to customers who started work in December 2006. For that period two districts reached their JOT points profile—Derbyshire and Essex. A further 10 districts achieved more than 90 per cent. of their points target. Those districts that did not meet their points target in December were:

90-99 per cent.

Below 90 per cent.

Lancashire

Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire

Black Country

Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway and Inverclyde

Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire

Glasgow

Surrey and Sussex

South West Wales

West of England

Coventry and Warwickshire

Hampshire

South Yorkshire

Norfolk

South Wales Valleys

The Marches

Forth Valley, Fife and Tayside

Dorset and Somerset

Highlands, Islands, Clyde Coast and Grampian

Nottinghamshire

South East Wales

North and Mid Wales

South Tyne and Wear Valley

Kent

Central London

Staffordshire

Tees Valley

Northumbria

Greater Manchester Central

West Yorkshire

City and East London

Edinburgh and Lothian and Borders

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

Birmingham and Solihull

North and North East London

Liverpool and Wirral

Cumbria

Devon and Cornwall

South London

North and East Yorkshire and the Humber

Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth

Leicestershire and Northamptonshire

Cheshire and Warrington

West London

Cambridgeshire and Suffolk

Greater Manchester East and West

Lincolnshire and Rutland

Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Swindon

Greater Mersey

It may be helpful if I provide some further context for our JOT performance figures. Since the 2006/07 JOT target was set, more recent historical performance information has become available, suggesting that the target involves a higher degree of challenge than was intended. Given this, the department recognises that the JOT points target was set 8.4% too high. A target level of around 12.4 million points would have been more representative of the degree of challenge intended, rather than the original 13.5 million-point target. However, it was agreed that Jobcentre Plus would continue to report against the original profile for 2006/07. Detailed JOT performance data is published on the Jobcentre Plus website and updated regularly.

I hope this is helpful.